Actually, I wanted to write about something else, but my head is practically spinning for some reason, and I don’t think I can manage to write about something serious at the moment. It’s been a long day for me. So I think I’ll just skip my fairy tales and my usual rantings and venting.
Instead, I’d like to share some tips on shopping in Bazaar Ramadan with all of you out there. Ohh, don’t give me that look. I know most of us are guilty for food gluttony during this fasting month. Whether you are a Muslim or not, I’m sure you guys have a fair share of visit to the bazaar in the quest for delicacies. So, here’s some tips for you guys.
1. If you hate the crowd don’t hunt down the delicacies yourself, instead, ask a friend or your spouse who are going to the bazaar to get them for you.
2. Ramadan Bazaar IS NOT your regular night market (pasar malam). If you’re a non- Muslim, just remember that this is a fasting month, and you can’t go around eating or drinking the stuff that you bought on the spot. Try to refrain from eating or drinking the stuff that you bought on the spot if you don’t want people to give you nasty glares or rude school kids who will shout “Eee…tak malu, tak puasa” at you. That will be pretty embarrassing, wouldn’t it?
3. Shop in moderation and just buy what you really want to eat instead of buying whatever that is within your reach. At first glance, everything seems to be priced reasonably, but if you see properly, not everything in the bazaar is cheap. In fact, some of the are more expensive than the one sold in regular mamak stall.
4. If you plan to shop a lot, prepare a lot of small change, in case the stall owner doesn’t have small change to return the balance of your purchase. This will spare you the agony of waiting for your balance in the sea of sweaty and hungry human beings.
5. Take a good care of your wallet and purses as well as your handphones. If you happen to drop them in the bazaar, there’s a chance that you won’t be able to get them back, so you can kiss your techie phone and wallet goodbye if you drop them in the bazaar.
6. Beware of pickpockets. Even though it’s said that the demon and satan are locked up in hell during this month, it doesn’t mean pickpockets are chained up as well. Pickpockets do not care if it’s fasting month or not. If they want to steal anything from you, they’ll do it anytime and anywhere. The real demons are actually humans.
7. Ladies, exercise caution when you shop in the bazaar. Horny assholes who are sexually deprived are everywhere. There are bastards on the loose who will try to ‘accidentally’ bump on your butt or your breasts. If I shop alone in the bazaar, I always make sure that I have my pepper spray and umbrella with me. In case there’s any unwanted attention on me, I’ll just whack the offender with my umbrella or abuse his eyes with my pepper spray.
8. Parents, please take good care of your children if you decided to bring them along to shop for food in the bazaar. NEVER let your children walk alone without parental supervision. Children can get lost easily in the crowd. They can easily be harmed and injured too if they’re to fall down and get stampede by the horrible crowd. The kids can be kidnapped by some fucking syndicate too. Don’t say I’m paranoid when I advice against giving young children freedom to walk by themselves in places like this. Remember Nurin Jazlin Jazimin? She walked in the night market nearby her home WITHOUT parent/ guardian’s supervision, and see how she end up like. She ended up being kidnapped and her private parts being stuffed with brinjal/cucumber and suffered a horrible death. Even her parents could not recognize her dead body. Parent’s, you don’t want anything untoward to happen to your children, right? It doesn’t matter if they are boys or girls. Do not neglect your children’s safety when you are shopping in a crowded place like the Ramadan bazaar.
9. If you feel faint or hard to breathe when you are shopping in the the bazaar, stop shopping for food and make haste to exit the bazaar. Remember, your life is more valuable than those delicacies you’re after.You wouldn’t want to faint in the bazaar and get trampled by the shoppers over there. Even if you’re not trampled by the people over there, you might get a concussion during the little trip to the ground.
Last but not least
10. Make a trip to the bazaar during the ‘almost breaking fast’ time. The food sellers usually will sell their goods at a cheaper price as they are in hurry to close their stalls to break fast. Sometimes you can even get free food too. Well, at least, I know I always get a lot of free food when I go to the bazaar late.
Cleffairy: I hope the tips are useful, and please feel free to share your own tips on shopping in Ramadan Bazaar with me. Happy food hunting, and happy breaking fast, people.